T-Bone or Side Impact Accidents
One type of accident that drivers can experience is a side impact collision, also called a “t-bone” accident. Side impact crashes can be quite dangerous. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2014 “[s]ide impacts accounted for . . . 25 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths.” Side impact accidents happen when the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle. These accidents typically occur at intersections, both those with stoplights and those with stop signs, or when a car fails to stop at either the light or at the stop sign and crashes into the side of a car going through the intersection. If you’ve been injured in a side impact accident, contact a Denver car accident attorney from the Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal for a free case consultation.
Negligence And Side Impact Accidents
The CDC reports that each day, 90 people die in crashes. While this is a tragic figure, the number of people injured and killed in vehicle crashes has declined in the past twenty years or so. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported in 2014 that over 32,000 people died in accidents which are down from about 44,000 in 1990. In addition, injuries have also declined, from 3.2 million in 1990 to 2.3 million in 2014.
In many injury claims in order to establish liability, you must prove that the driver responsible for the accident was negligent. Negligence can be defined as “[t]he failure to exercise the standard of care that a reasonably prudent person would have exercised in a similar situation.” Black’s Law Dictionary 1133 (9th ed. 2009). If you can establish that the person who struck you failed to use the appropriate standard of care when operating his or her vehicle, then you may be able to hold that person liable for negligence and recover compensation for your injuries. For example, if a driver fails to stop at a stop sign because he is in a hurry and hits another car, that driver likely was not using reasonable care in operating his vehicle. If that driver is proven to be liable, then the injured party can recover damages.
Contact Jeremy Rosenthal
If you or a loved one has been injured in a side impact collision you, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal. Jeremy has been practicing personal injury law in Colorado for over a decade. Let his experience and knowledge work for you. Call his office today at (303) 825-2223, for a free case consultation.